A MAN ended up in court after fracturing his girlfriend’s cheekbone during a row sparked over a snack.
Neil Charlton was furious when Karen McNay prepared food for herself and left him to go hungry on January 17.
Newcastle Crown Court heard the 52-year-old called his partner “greedy” and “selfish” before he launched the attack.
Charlton, of Thropton Close, Chester-le-Street, was spared jail over the attack which left Miss McNay, who is in her early 50s, bruised and bleeding.
Mark Guiliani, prosecuting, said the couple had been arguing that afternoon while out visiting family, and had returned home together at about 8pm.
He added: “Miss McNay, on returning home, made herself something to eat, but didn’t make the defendant anything to eat.
“On seeing her eating he said, in an angry manner, ‘you are greedy, you are selfish’. That started another argument.
“They stared shouting, names were called and she took hold of his shoulders and said to him ‘shut up’.
“He put his hands around her neck, threw her to the floor and pinned her down.
“One arm he used to pin her neck and with the other hand he punched her three times to the face.”
The court heard a neighbour came to Miss McNay’s aid after hearing the screams and found her covered in blood.
She was taken to hospital with a swollen face, black eye and bleeding nose. Tests confirmed her cheekbone had been fractured in the attack.
Charlton admitted causing grievious bodily harm.
Mr Recorder William Lowe, QC, sentenced him to four months imprisonment, suspended for two years, with supervision, programme requirements and £1,000 compensation.
The judge told him: “If you are in breach of the order I make, you will go to prison.”
Vic Laffey, defending, said Charlton is in employement.